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is the white house, looking for ways to get around the pressure of the nra, and one of the ideas they have is go to places like walmart and other places that sell guns that actually have somewhat of a business interest in the way guns are regulated in that there's a loophole. if you buy guns at private gun shows, you don't have to get a permit for that. that would put a different pressure in the game. you already have folks coming out today, republicans saying a lot of these are nonstarters in their mind. it's going to be tough. the story basically said the white house has not ruled any of these things out. they're looking at strong measures, maybe stronger than anyone thought. >> bringing walmart on board would be a big pr approach to do it too. thank you. >>> coming up, congressman charles rangel on new york on the struggle for sandy relief, and who's paying the price for the rancor on capitol hill? >>> a new and defiant call to war from the leader of syria. listen to that cheering and chanting crowd which greeted president bashar al assad in damascus, as he gave a rare personal speech t
what their preference of protecting that. and what i would say to all of my friends that are nra and gun owners, that there's no way that they're going to take your second amendment rights away. that won't happen. >> let's get right to nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander. with another good day to you, peter. the vice president's going to be reporting his findings to the president tuesday. do we have an idea what he might be recommending? >> well, he sort of telegraphed, alex, some of the proposals or recommendations we should say that he will present to the president, then the president will then put them forward as proposals that he would want to be written up by congress. among them specifically the idea of universal background checks. ultimately trying to get rid of among other things the gun show loophole, meaning at gun shows the rules are different than if you buy at a gun store, you've got to get aw background check, if you go to a gun -- if you buy online or you go to a gun show you wouldn't have to do the same thing. that's one of the things they've really
not work and we are confident congress will reject senator feinstein's wrong headed approach. the nra was criticized by one of its own members for running this ad, which brought the president's daughters into the debate. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? >> jim baker, head of the group's federal affairs division, reportedly disagreed with the commercial. the nra telling nbc news, differences of opinion are common to organizations throughout the country. the flap underscores how divisive the issue of gun control continues to be. political analysts say the president doesn't have a lot of time to get congress on board. >> he won't spend a whole year doing it. at some point you have to have votes. it can't be like health care where it sort of drains resources. >> reporter: alex, some smaller rallies in other cities like boston and san francisco. now, white house officials say on tuesday, president obama will travel to las vegas and talk about another big goal for his being second term. immigration reform. analysts say the clock ticking for him to get something done on
on that issue. a challenging one politic until washington. >> rachel, the nra says no automatic weapons ban would get through congress is that true? >> it's very, very difficult to see how it would get through congress. bear in mind, it's going to be a fight to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government running in washington at this point. so think about how much harder it's going to be to get an assault weapons ban through. this is an intractable issue in washington over the past few years, and not just an issue that falls along party lines. republicans have not wanted to push on this, and except for a few liberal voices, progressives on the left. democrats not wanted to go anywhere near this issue either. president obama says even if politics are tough, he plans to push forward on the issues on this point. >> amie, i want to ask you about the debt ceiling. democrats are saying bypass the house entirely. something about invoking the 14th amendment. how would that work? >> the white house press secretary jay carney said a couple of times that the president would not do that, but you saw
of the negatives since the newtown tragedy. and so you know, you look back in history. after columbine, the nra was in neg territory, but after the gabby giffords shooting two years ago in positive territory. they're still isn't positive territory and they're the leading edge of the effort to turn back those restrictions. that doesn't mean the president can't get them through, but it's going to be difficult. >> john harwood, always good to see you. thank you so much. >> you bet. >>> in this week's office politics, we talk with nbc without correspondent kristen welker. kristen spent last year on the obama campaign trail and talks about the moment she knew the president was headed to victory. i began by talking to her about the challenges of living on the road for months. >> it was a challenge, but it was so thrilling. i'd always wanted to cover a campaign at the national level. so i woke up and i was excited every day. it was just a thrill to literally watch history unfold and to be a part of that. the biggest challenge was that it was exhausting, and there was a physical toll, which i wasn't pr
the nra. in fact you put that in your official bio. do you agree with the nra's leadership stance that no gun laws would have an impact on mass shootings? >> well, i agree we need to have greater security. i'm willing to listen to anybody as we talk about what we need to do to solve these mass gun violent incidents across the country. i'm skeptical though of any answers that start with gun bans. we need a broad conversation about the way we approach mental health as a nation. i think we need to look at ancillary things, even violent video games and those type of efforts. but i'm willing like the congressman that you just cited to listen to any answer. i just think we shouldn't be starting with conversations about gun bans. >> why can't gun laws be part of the solution? i mean, you're saying you don't want to start with that. but can't they be part of the solution? i mean because they play a pretty crucial role in mass shootings. so they're not at all the problem? >> well, what i would tell you is i'm again glad to listen. but history shows that when we start with gun bans, the one
from the nra's executive or those ads, for god's sake. i don't want my taxpayers paying for that inadvertently through buying guns and ammo. so we're going to try to bring a little sunlight into that purchasing. 65 cities on board already. and that, i think, will have a big impact. >> that is a great new gun initiative. i'm very glad you're promoting that. sounds like good common sense. we'll be following and let's see what comes of that. good luck. >> thanks, alex. >> thank you for joining us. >>> next up with the big three, what can president obama accomplish in the next four years in spite of the heated political tug of war in washington? we'll take a look here on "weekends with alex witt." [ man ] visa prepaid opened a new world for me. ♪ i have direct deposit on my visa prepaid. my paycheck is loaded right on my card. automatic. i am not going downtown standing in line to cash it. i know where my money is, because it is in my pocket. i got more time with my daughter, we got places to go. [ freeman ] go open a new world, with visa prepaid. more people go with visa.
and someone that a lot of people are familiar with is wayne la pierre of the nra will be testifying before congress. what was he thinking in putting, i think he has more pro gun folks than anti-gun folks, if you will, on that panel. what is he hoping to get out of the hearings? >> you saw what the president said today. the democrats need to show respect for people who own guns the call chur around owning guns and the argument is they show respect for the gun owner unless the first place to help convince them to accept background checks, an assault weapons ban. you are trying to appeal and make sure gun owners are part of the conversation. wayne la pierre is an important voice for gun owners in the country. he may say controversial things. we saw him say some extremely controversial things. but having him at the table lending credibility and that's what they are thinking when they invite him to a session like this. >> it is an idea of you just let them speak. if you let -- in some instances, some of the ideas doesn't sound reasonable. do you think that maybe part of the plan to give him a h
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